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Cranberry Bread


  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 & 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 10 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1/4 cup butter melted and cooled
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries, cut in half
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

In a large bowl stir together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and baking soda.  Make a well in the center of this flour mixture, add the egg, orange juice and butter.  Stir just until dry ingredients are moistened.  Stir in cranberries and walnuts.

Pour batter into greased and floured (or spray with baking spray) 5 by 9 inch loaf pan.  Bake at 350 degrees (preheat oven) until bread is golden brown and a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean.  About 45 minutes.

Makes one loaf.

This recipe is from Gooseberry Patch.  I have several of their cook booklets. I love their recipes.,

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Applesauce Nut Bread…


I love making fruit bread.  I have loaf pans of all sizes from large to tiny ones.  Fruit bread baked in the tiny loaf pans look so pretty at Christmas time wrapped in red or green plastic wrap and tied with ribbon.  This recipe is from Life Services Networks Seasoned Secrets Cook booklet.

  • 2 cups applesauce (regular or chunky)
  • 3 eggs,
  • 1 cup oil
  • 1 & 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 cups sifted flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup chopped nuts
  • 1 cup raisins
  • Cut up maraschino cherries (optional)

Beat eggs until light and fluffy.  Add oil, sugar, vanilla and applesauce.  Mix thoroughly.  Sift dry ingredients together and add to applesauce mixture until well blended.  Pour batter into  1 or 2 greased or sprayed loaf pans.  Have oven preheated to 325 degrees.  Bake for 50 to 60 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center checks clean.  Watch the time if you are using smaller loaf pans.

Alice Rash

Luther Village

Arlington Heights IL

Chef John’s Banana Bread


From All Recipes.com

I made this recipe a few weeks ago and it was delicious!

INGREDIENTS:

cooking spray

3 ripe bananas

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 cup softened butter

1 cup white sugar

2 large eggs

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 tablespoon milk

1 cup chopped walnuts

1/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips

DIRECTIONS:

1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).

2. Grease a 9×4 inch loaf pan.

3. Mash bananas in a bowl.

4. Whisk together flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda in another bowl.

5. Beat butter and sugar with an electric mixer or spatula in a large bowl until smooth.

6. Stir in mashed bananas.

7. Add eggs to the butter mixture one at a time, fully blending in each egg before adding the next.

8. Stir in vanilla extract and milk.

9. Stir in chopped walnuts, chocolate chips, and flour mixture until just incorporated.

10. Pour batter into the prepared loaf pan. Tap pan on the counter to release any air pockets.

11. Bake in preheated oven for about 1 hour 10 minutes, or until an inserted wooden skewer comes out clean.

12. Let the bread rest in the pan for 15-20 minutes. Remove from pan. Slice and serve.

Pineapple Pecan Bread


  • 3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1- 8 ounce can crushed pineapple (do not drain)
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans

Cream sugar and butter together.  Add eggs and beat until fluffy.  Mix flour, baking powder and soda together.  Add dry mixture to creamed mixture alternately with the pineapple.  Mix well; fold in pecans.  Pour into a large loaf pan that has been sprayed with cooking spray.  Bake in a 350 degree pre-heated oven for about an hour or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  If you use smaller loaf pans, shorten the cooking time.

Peach Bread


  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 & 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 cups chopped, peeled fresh peaches
  • 1 cup chopped pecans

Spray two 8X4X2 inch loaf pans.  Set aside.  Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

In a large mixing bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.  In a medium bowl, beat eggs.  Stir in sugar , oil and vanilla.  Add egg mixture to dry ingredients, stirring just until moistened.  Do not over mix.  Fold in peaches and nuts.  Spoon batter into prepared pans.

Bake 55 – 60 minutes until toothpick inserted near center of loaf comes out clean.  Cool in pans 10 minutes.  Remove to wire rack to cool.  Wrap and store overnight for easier slicing.

Perfect Homemade Cornbread


1 c. sifted flour
1/4 c. sugar
4 tsp. baking powder
3/4 tsp. salt
1 c. yellow cornmeal
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1 c. milk
1/4 c. shortening
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Mix first 4 ingredients, add cornmeal and cut in shortening (use your electric mixer). Then add milk and eggs, stirring until all is moistened. Let stand for 5 minutes. Pour into greased 9″x9″ pan. Bake at 425 degrees for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near center comes out clean.

Pear Bread


I made some of this today and it is delicious, warm with real butter.
  • 2 or 3 fresh pears
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup walnuts chopped

Peel pears and chop to make 1 cup.  Beat oil, sugar and eggs, add sour cream and vanilla.  Mix the baking soda and the salt, and the cinnamon with the flour.  Add to first mixture until well blended.  Fold in the pears and the walnuts.  Spray a loaf pan with cooking spray (or use a couple of smaller pans).  Have oven preheated to 350 degrees.  Bake for approximately 1 hour, smaller pans less time.  Check for doneness with a toothpick.